Have you ever listened to a single song over and over and over again on a regular basis? I do and I have and I will. I seem to pick a “Song for the Day” that matches my mood and then I let iTunes play that song over and over and over for up to 12 hours at a time.
Is that odd and curious or is it ordinary and expected? I’m currently listening — for the last three hours — to Lou Rawls’ rendition of the Beatles’ gorgeous song “Golden Slumbers” from his 1973 album “Lou Rawls Live at the Century Plaza.”
Lou jazzes up the lyric a bit — he sings “Once there was a way for you to get back home again” instead of “Once there was a way to get back homeward” — but the energy and emotion and the love of his vocal performance overwhelms that obvious choice to change the lyric.
Lou’s version of “Tobacco Road” opens the album and it is the best rendition of that song in the history of music.
I’ll probably load up that song tomorrow. Or, perhaps, I’ll instead play Joss Stone’s cover of Brian Wilson’s best song ever — “God Only Knows” — from her superb, special edition, of “Mind Body & Soul” album. I suppose I could try to listen to each of those songs together instead of repetitively alone but that would ruin the fun!
The new “Happy Feet” movie has a cover of “Golden Slumbers” from k.d. lang! The song is over-produced, but her silvery voice still manages to shine through at the most important moments. If you haven’t heard Lou Rawls sing — go give your ear a treat right now!